No fewer than 10 people were feared dead in a renewed communal clash between Ebirra Mozun and Bassa-Komu ethnic groups in Bassa Local Government Area (LGA) of Kogi State.
This latest incident followed the recent return of the Ebirra people who were displaced from their various communities due to the crisis which started last year April.
It was gathered that following the intervention of elders from the area, the Ebirra-speaking people who left their homes in many communities as a result of the crisis, were asked to go back home by the state government in order to pave way for a lasting peace among the two ethnic groups.
In the spirit of reconciliation, the Ebira refugees who were accompanied by the security operatives and political appointees, including the Administrator of Bassa LGA, Sam Alumka, and others returned to Oguma, the headquarters of the local government on Wednesday, and were expected proceed to their various villages and communities.
It was however, alleged that an uncomplimentary remark by the paramount ruler of Bassa-Komu ethnic group, the Aguma of Bassa, William Keke, ignited the latest crisis.
He was alleged to have said that the returning Ebirra people should go back to Lokoja or where they were coming from.
A source familiar with the crisis also stated that the Ohiogba of Mozum, Alhaji Halidu Bukar Ali and other Ebira leaders who were at Aguma of Bassa’s palace to receive their people back home were nearly ambushed by suspected militia of a warring group, but for the intervention of the security operatives who brought the situation under control.